March 2016

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Jean Todt was a welcome guest speaker at the annual Motor Sport Safety Fund lecture during the Autosport International Show in January. The FIA president freely admits he prefers a low profile,...
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Tyler Alexander is gone, and with him another link to a simpler time in motor racing, to what many look upon as the sport’s golden age. Note I used the word ‘sport’, for that was how – in the face of...
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Sibling rivalry   As this is written Formula 1 stands undecided on a whole array of potential changes for 2017 and beyond: a cheaper proposal from the engine manufacturers has been put on the table,...
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As a self-made businessman, Toto Wolff had a firm grasp of the real world before he became involved in Grand Prix racing with Williams and, now, Mercedes. Here are his thoughts on his current team’s...
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The Rainey legacy Twenty-five years ago Wayne Rainey was preparing to defend his first 500cc World Championship. Rainey was your archetypal 20th century Californian sporting hero: beachside good...
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Priaulx joins Ford GT attack – Brit accepts new challenge after more than a decade with BMW | By Gary Watkins The chance to race in the Le Mans 24 Hours and the World Endurance Championship convinced...
Mike Salmon Mike Salmon, who has died aged 82, made 13 Le Mans 24 Hours starts over an amateur career that spanned six decades. He competed at Le Mans in three of those decades and could also count a...
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The remarkable Roger Penske In March 1966 Roger Penske formed Penske Racing, which would quickly become America’s definitive racing team. Born and raised in Shaker Heights, Ohio, Penske went to...
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Contributing to Motor Sport I meet a great many people and some make a big impression. Maria Teresa de Filippis was one of those. There was always that twinkle in the eye, an electricity about her....
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Quite simply Tyler lived and breathed McLaren. He was one of the first pillars of our company, working alongside Bruce from the very earliest days. He was the finest of the old school, hardy, humble...
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The Argentine Temporada Motor Races 1950-1960 Hernan Lopez Laiseca “A photographic journey through the golden age of motor sport in Argentina…” Not the most obvious sales pitch for a new book,...
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Murray & Vatanen to star Design and rally legends headline London Classic | BY PAUL LAWRENCE A display at the LONDON Classic Car Show (Excel, February 18-21) will celebrate the McLaren F1 and its...
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The old phrase ‘if it looks right it is right’ is one of those things that’s true when it’s true. But if an ugly thing works well, nobody mentions it… Today it’s much harder to reconcile advanced...
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Driverless cars closer Tesla promises autonomy within ‘two to three years’ | by Andrew Frankel All the talk at the Detroit Motor Show was of autonomy. It seems to matter very little whether you like...
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The company might have struggled of late in Formula 1, but it has just produced another winner for the road  | by Andrew Frankel If someone were to ask me to name the single cleverest aspect of this...
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Having swum in the usual ocean of purple prose expended over any new Jaguar or Land Rover product by the British motoring press, I had expected the new Jaguar XF to be a whole lot better than it...
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A compact sports hatch with 188bhp per litre… The McLaren 675LT provides 666bhp from an engine displacing just 3.8 litres, each litre of which being therefore responsible for the provision of 175bhp...
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Time for the long-established SUV king to make a statement This is called getting your towels on the deckchairs early. Land Rover has known for as long as anyone that an all-new class of super-luxury...
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Fuellish behaviour Nowadays it is usual to think of the 1970s as a time when motor sport was so much more informal and easy-going than today, and this view extends to behaviour in the paddock as well...
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Gerhard Berger ‘grew up’ in Formula 1’s most powerful era, pitted against Senna, Prost, Mansell and Piquet. In one key respect, he had ’em all beat – by having more fun writer Rob Widdows Shooting...
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Few drivers can claim Indy 500, F1, NASCAR and Daytona 24 Hours wins, but this hard-charging Colombian has rarely followed convention In these times of relentless specialisation in everything,...
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The ingredients looked promising and its creator had a fine track record – with Ferrari, no less – but Bizzarrini’s GT achieved little in period. Almost 50 years after its last Le Mans start, Motor...
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British passions surged after the victorious Minis were thrown out of the 1966 Monte Carlo Rally. Fifty years on, how do the main players view that bizarre decision? Writer Gordon Cruickshank Motor...
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Big brother might have won Indy, but endurance racing was always his sibling’s aim. Simon Arron met Ford’s WEC recruit  When first I met Marino Franchitti he was driving at Le Mans… in so much as he...
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Grand Prix driver, saloon car champion, F2 race winner, hillclimb star, practical joker… and still an active Red Bull athlete at the age of 76. Dieter Quester’s career has been the very definition of...
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As Jaguar returns to racing in Formula E, we spotlight the marque’s very first track success in what would be a proud record – and it’s a long way from Le Mans writer Richard Heseltine | photographer...
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Former racing car king Adrian Reynard is selling his own collection of single-seaters. Each represents a chapter of his own life – and of those who worked with him writer Damien Smith Adrian Reynard...
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Nissan is far from the first to field a front-drive car at Le Mans. This extract from a new book recalls an unsung innovator – a man who also showed heroic fortitude writer Quentin Spurring Jean-...
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Force India’s F1 roots can be traced back to an adventure that began 25 years agowriter Peter Higham It is 25 years since Jordan Grand Prix made its Formula 1 debut in the 1991 United States GP on...
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Christmas presence Mallory Park, December 26: where else would you rather be in the immediate slipstream of unwrapping gifts? It is old news – but ever baffling – that some people rush out before...
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A triumph of spirit Barbed wire and searchlights didn’t prevent British prisoners of war producing a motor magazine Imagine if you couldn’t get your copy of Motor Sport, or any other car magazine. Or...
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Tales of the unexpected  There were V8s, V12s and simple four-pots on the F1 grid 50 years ago, but BRM banked on an H16... Fifty years ago – in the early weeks of 1966 – BRM was struggling against...

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